How To Create A Minimalist Kitchen

How To Create A Minimalist Kitchen

Kitchens tend to be scary. Like really scary.

Things hide in my fridge, in my cupboards, on my counters in plain sight.  I mean, all the STUFF that you think you need in a kitchen, is ridiculous!!!

Have you ever thought about the irony of all the things we have in our kitchens that are ultimately useless?

Teakettles to boil water on the stove….Why not just boil it in a pot?

Toasters….When you can just toast your bread in the oven or in a pan?

Toaster ovens…..When you have an oven?

Fifteen mixing spoons…When one would do?

Rice cookers….When you can cook it on the stove just as fast?

The list could go on and on.  There are some marketing genius’s that made some of the kitchen gadgets a BIG deal! And now we’re convinced we can’t live without them…

How to create a minimalist kitchen

Start thinking outside the box with your kitchen gadgets!  Think beyond what the product is marketed as.  There are all these things we are convinced we can’t live without- but it’s just not true.  I didn’t think a house could survive without a toaster. Buuuut, I’ve been surviving just fine the past couple years!

The best way to begin minimizing your kitchen is to walk into it with an open mindset.  Be creative and keep the things that have multiple uses.  If you have something that does only one thing than it had better be amazing at that one thing if you’re going to keep it.

For example, I kept my little vegetable peeler (one purpose). I know a lot of people just use a paring knife to peel veggies.  I happen to be accident prone… I kept it.  But I didn’t keep my teakettle (one purpose) because I can just boil water in a pot!

Be ruthless when keeping gadgets or tools that only have one purpose!


Questions to ask yourself before you begin to create a minimalist kitchen:

Do you cook?

If you don’t cook then you can bet that you won’t need all the different cooking utensils and pots and pans that are filling your kitchen.

Do you like to entertain?

I like having people over.  Which means we need more than four glasses and four plates in our cupboard. However, if you don’t have company over, you can minimize your dinnerware down to the number of people in your household.

Do you bake?

For those of you who like to bake, you understand that it requires a few different tools than cooking.  But if you never bake, why are you hoarding all of your baking dishes and cookie cutters?

Do you like to can?

I love to can and eat home-canned fruit and veggies all year.  For some reason it just tastes better. 🙂 But don’t keep your canning stuff if you never use it.  All it’s doing is taking up space!!

Do you work during the day?

If you work all day and don’t have time to cook or bake, it’ll be so much easier to get rid of the majority of your kitchen supplies. I promise.  If you still cook every night you may want to consider keeping your slow cooker so it can do the work for you while you’re gone.


reverse minimalism guide


A simple kitchen setup will make a big difference in your daily life.  The less dishes you own, the less you have to wash.  I find that when I have a minimalist kitchen then I force myself to stay on top of my dish-messes. (I tend to hate doing dishes 😉 )

I even went so far as to create a minimalist fridge.  Condiments and salad dressing on the door, veggies in the drawer, my guilty pleasure of coffee creamer, and milk and eggs.  (I make a month’s worth of meals at a time so don’t ask to see the freezer. 😉 )  My fridge is normally the scariest thing on earth but it doesn’t have to be that way!


What you keep in your kitchen depends on YOU.  Decide what kind of a minimalist you are.


Now that you have it determined what kind of kitchen you need, you can begin going through your kitchen cupboards. 🙂

  1. Get rid of anything broken.

  2. Get rid of replicas.

  3. Get rid of things you don’t use every week.

  4. Get everything off your counters.


That’s the first wave. Now, you don’t have replicas, broken things, and stuff you don’t use.  NOW, get ready to focus on the specifics.


  • Baking Sheets

  • Baking pans

  • Pots

  • Lids

  • Saucepans

  • Frying pans

  • Casserole dishes

  • Serving bowls

  • Mixing bowls

  • Spoons

  • Strainers

  • Cutting Boards (Check out this cutting board and strainer combo!) 

    Dexas Over the Sink Strainer Board, 11.5 x 20″, Natural/Red

  • Appliances: Waffle maker, Toaster, Coffee makers, mixers, bread machines, crockpots, water heaters, blenders, smart sticks, food processors,

  • Knives (I like having good knives that last.) 

    Victorinox Swiss Army Victorinox Rosewood 7-Piece Block Set 49407US3

  • Cooling racks

  • Bread pans

  • Cast Iron

  • Thermometers

  • Spatulas

  • Whisks

  • Mugs

  • Glasses

  • Silverware

  • Sippy Cups

  • Utensils you don’t know how to use 

  • Jars

  • Scales

  • Tupperware

  • Towels

  • Dish rags

  • Water Bottles

  • Travel Mugs


Go through everything.  Even if you get rid of things you’ve used a lot before you’ll probably find you’re just fine without it.  R.I.P. little toaster.

Another way to go about it is to start backward.

Create an itemized list of things you want to keep in your kitchen: get rid of the rest.


I already have my ideal minimalist kitchen planned. 🙂 It is so fun to create a minimalist kitchen!

When you walk into your kitchen knowing exactly what you are going to keep it’s much easier to let go of the other junk.

I’ve found that cooking is more enjoyable when you’re not battling a million pots and pans falling out of the cupboard.  Maybe a million is a slight exaggeration, but you get the point I’m trying to make.  Having clear counters makes a world of difference when cooking and baking, especially if you have a small kitchen.

Do yourself a favor and clear it off so that when you’re hands are covered in something sticky you don’t have to fight to clear a space.

How to create a minimalist kitchen

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. My kinda gal! I love love my kitchen and I love it even more with less junk!

  2. Definitely keeping all of these points in mind as we’re attempting to remodel our kitchen early next year! I hate how cluttered our kitchen currently gets … it seems like the countertops are always full. Minimizing the stuff we own will really help … and will also preserve the beautiful design of the bespoke cupboards we’re hoping to get!

    xo Jaime

  3. We just did KonMari on our kitchen this past weekend and it felt great to get rid of duplicate pots and pans! It will be even nicer to get rid of all the kid dishes/cups when my kids are older!

  4. THis was very helpful! I am trying to declutter as much as possible and I tend to forget about my kitchen when doing so. I now see some things I can part with!

  5. I am one to keep lots of bibs and bobs around my house that I don’t use and the kitchen is the biggest culprit. Lots of items for not so expensive. I’m making a concerted effort to keep my entire house clutter free and it’s taking a little time but I’m getting there. Thanks for the lovely post.

  6. hahah the first part of your post really got me! my boyfriend and I discuss things like that on the daily. I will say though, I do really enjoy having a tea kettle. something about the whistle is super soothing to me and I’ve turned making tea into a pre-bedtime ritual of sorts and I’m not sure it would be the same if I just used a pot

  7. SUCH a good post Carina! Very thorough and systematic. Easy to follow. This is actually my goal for the week… pantry, fridge, and cupboards 🙂 I’ll definitely be following this list!

    1. Oh fun!!! It is sooooo nice having a minimalist kitchen. It makes cooking so much more enjoyable. You’ll have to let me know how it goes!! I love hearing how people apply minimalism to their own lives. 🙂

  8. Can you say “Instant Pot”?. This has changed my life! Need to get rid of my stove! 😄

    1. I’ve heard AMAZING things about Instant Pots but I haven’t tried it yet!! 🙂 Haha! Now that would definitely free up some space in the kitchen. 🙂

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